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We Got Hacked

OK kids…  Here’s the deal.  We are up and limping.  You’ll notice that most (all) pictures are busted.  I’m waiting on advice from the WordPress community as to what might be wrong.

For those of you techies who like this sort of drivel…  here’s what happened:

Someone (the North Korean’s??) hacked the functions.php file of the active theme (in our case atahualpa).  They also did it to  That hack blocked and broke access to our wordpress files by altering the SQL database that tells wordpress where to find things.  I’ve been trying without success to “fix it”.  We keep our wordpress files in a subdirectory (‘wordpress).  This is pretty standard (when bringing wordpress on board to an existing website).  Right now I have to run the website with the wordpress ‘siteurl’ and ‘home’ database elements set to ‘’.  This allows wordpress to find it’s files, but references to files outside of wordpress now have broken links – which is why the pictures are broken as are links to things like the Starting Lines PDFs (those links all have the form ./wordpress/…, but now wordpress thinks they should be ./…).  Unless I get a better answer from the WordPress community, I’ll have to find and re-write all the non WP links to have the new form (ugh!).

If any of you have the wherewithal to help figure this out… then contact me at

In the meantime happy limping

GLRR Ladies Rule at Manchester City Marathon


The final event of the 2014 New England Grand Prix series ran this past Sunday in Manchester, NH. It was a cold and very windy day, with a temp of about 40 dropped into 20s with the wind chill. The trio of Candice Gagnon, Melissa Scott, and Kristen Allen didn’t let a little wind stop them as they flew to a first place team finish. Together with Sue Bourque, the ladies worked as a team to get through the tough 16th mile directly into bitter 30-40 mph winds.  It was that team approach that won the day by a mere 13 seconds over SRR.  Top three finishes were also netted by the Male Masters team (3rd – E-J Hrynowski, Jim Garcia, Mike Girouard), Male Seniors team (1st – E-J, Jim, Tom Peters), and Male Veterans team (2nd – Tom, Stavros Kanaracus, Ray Phillips).

On the individual side there were several chickens on the podium.  Melissa won female 20-29 category and Tom won the male 60-69 category.  Candice was 3rd female 30-39, Kristen was 3rd female 40-49, and E-J and Jim went 3-4 in the male 50-59 category.

Rachel’s Run

You are running.  No, that was not  question, it was a statement.

We want everyone in the GLRR family to turn out for Rachel’s Run on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov 29th.

The race will be the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA with the walk starting at 9:30 and the 5K race at 10:00.

Long time club member John Morrison lost his daughter to a drunk driver this past spring.  You may recall both John and Rachel for training for Boston.

Rachel had this race/walk each year to raise awareness for conservation.  John and his family are continuing the tradition by having Rachel’s Run.  So we in the GLRR family will be there to support John and his family.

Register Now!!!

Can’t – Don’t want to run/walk – then volunteer

See you there.

A Green Day at the Shore

GLRR Men at the Lone Gull 10K

GLRR Men at the Lone Gull 10K

The Green Team traveled to Gloucester for the sixth stop on the USATF-NE Grand Prix tour yesterday (Sept 14th). Overall it was a fine day for us. Albeit a bit chilly at the start. With the temp about 50 and a strong NW wind – we were all trying to figure out how to dress for this one. In the end most went with just singlets and made out fine (the sun helped a lot).


Katie Gessler

One the ladies side the fast improving Katie Gessler ran a 5K, 5 Mile and 10K PR to lead the way with a 40:12. With her most of the way was Candice Gagnon, who crossed in 40:34. The rest of the ladies team were gals scoring down from the older age divisions. First among them was, the never aging, Senior Trish Bourne in 40:57 and then Masters Kristen Allen in 43:29 and new club member Karen O’Dell in 43:46. All toll the ladies grabbed 8th the Open Division.

If you suspected they must have done well in the Masters division with Trish, Kristen and Karen, you’d be right on! The trio ran the Green Team to third place in the Ladies Masters division (ka-ching).

In the Seniors division, Trish was supported by Liane Pancoast (45:51) and Mary Casey-Gorman (47:46) to finish in fifth place.

Dan Button

Dan Button

Over on the guys side – it was Dan Button out front for the green with a time of 34:03. The ageless one, Senior Mark Reeder was next in an amazing 34:12 (that’s 92%+ on the age grader!). Patrick Mahoney followed Mark with a 35:48. As with the ladies, it was score downs that rounded out the team. Master Shawn Conway ran it in 36:34, with The Legend – Veteran John Barbour on his heels at 36:40 (that’s 91%!). That placed the Open Men at tenth.

The Mens Masters was also supported by score downs from the Seniors. With Mark first, then Shawn and John, next in was new club member (and husband to Karen) Mark O’Dell in 36:42 and the flaxen one EJ Hyrnowski two ticks back at 36:44 as the Masters Men finished sixth.

Mark Reeder

Mark Reeder

With lots of Senior (and older) talent scoring down, hopes were high to knock Whirlaway off the Senior pedestal. Alas it was not to be, as new comer Andrew Gordon was struck with a stomach virus Sunday morning and was scratched from the lineup. That meant the team of Mark, John and EJ was rounded out by Jim Garcia (37:44) and Ken Goodin (41:56) as they took Second Seniors (ka-ching) for the fourth time this year. Hard to know if Andrew would have changed the outcome – it would have been close.

Of course led by Johnny B – the Veteran Men easily dispatched all comers in the division for the sixth straight time, finishing as First Veterans (ka-ching). As usual it was Tom Peters next in 42:54 and for this one we had Stephen Sartori who was third man in 43:06. So strong was the Vets team, even without John, and almost any combo of our seven Vet runners it would have been enough to win. After the race we (the Vets) all breathed a sigh of relief – with a 10 point lead the Vets Division Championship is clinched, regardless of the marathon outcome.

Speaking of the Marathon outcome – that is the next and final stop on the tour, in Manchester on Nov 2nd. Sign up for that event, as it was last year, is done by you runners the individual runners.   Be sure specify “Greater Lowell Road Runners” as your team. Each runner will be compensated $70 for competing after the event. Click here to go to the registration page (it’s $85 until Sept 30).